English 122

Upper Division Coursework: The Victorian Period

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2005 Puckett, Kent
Puckett, Kent
TTh 9:30-11 110 Barrows

Other Readings and Media

Bront�, E.: Wuthering Heights; Darwin, C.: The Origin of the Species; Kipling, R.: Kim; Abrams et al., eds.: The Norton Anthology of English Literature Vol. 2 B: The Victorian Age; course reader


This course is an introduction to the literature and culture of the Victorian period. Victorian poets, novelists, and critics responded to rapid industrial growth, colonial expansion, and profound developments in science, technology, and social life with a mixture of exuberance, anxiety, and dismay. We will focus on the period's poetry and non-fiction prose in order to understand how particular texts represent and sometimes undermine particularly Victorian ideas about aesthetics, politics, progress, money, religion, gender, and science.

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